Information Density and Custom Chart Designs

November 21, 2014
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Information Density and Custom Chart Designs

I’ve been doodling today with a some charts for the Wrangling F1 Data With R living book, trying to see how much information I can start trying to pack into a single chart. The initial impetus came simply from thinking about a count of laps led in a particular race by each drive; this morphed

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Ford uses R for data-driven decision making

November 21, 2014
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Mike Cavaretta is Ford Motor Company’s Chief Data Scientist, and was tasked by the incoming CEO Alan Mulally to help change the culture so that "important decisions within the company had to be based on data". In a feature article at Dataconomy, he reveals that R is a big part of this revolution at Ford: On the statistical side,...

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Free Stanford online course on Statistical Learning (with R) starting on 19 Jan 2015

November 21, 2014
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Free Stanford online course on Statistical Learning (with R) starting on 19 Jan 2015

This is an introductory-level course in supervised learning, with a focus on regression and classification methods. The syllabus includes: linear and polynomial regression, logistic regression and linear discriminant analysis; cross-validation and the bootstrap, model selection and regularization methods (ridge and … Continue reading →

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Visualization of probabilistic forecasts

November 21, 2014
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Visualization of probabilistic forecasts

This week my research group discussed Adrian Raftery’s recent paper on “Use and Communication of Probabilistic Forecasts” which provides a fascinating but brief survey of some of his work on modelling and communicating uncertain futures. Coincidentally, today I was also sent a copy of David Spiegelhalter’s paper on “Visualizing Uncertainty About the Future”. Both are

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Synchronization for R with the flock Package

November 20, 2014
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Have you tried synchronizing R processes? I did and it wasn’t straightforward. In fact, I ended up creating a new package – flock. One of the improvements I did not too long ago to my R back-testing infrastructure was to start using a database to store the results. This way I can compute all interesting

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Tips & Tricks 5: Extracting Classifiers Using Substring

November 20, 2014
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Today's exercise in another easy one, and is inspired by a question from Ariel Marcy of University of Queensland.Exercise 5 - How to extract classifiers from names of specimens.Well-organised morphometricians will have a consistent naming system for th...

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An xpd-tion into R plot margins

November 20, 2014
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An xpd-tion into R plot margins

This is a guest post by Prasad Patil that answers the question: how to put a shape in the margin of an R plot? The help page for R's par() function is a somewhat impenetrable list of abbreviations that allow you to manipulate anything and everything in the plotting device. You may have used this function in the past to create an...

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Geomorph update 2.1.2 Now Available!

November 20, 2014
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Geomorph update 2.1.2 Now Available!

Geomorph users,We have uploaded version 2.1.2 to CRAN. The windows and mac binaries have been compiled and the tarball is available.Version 2.1.2 comes with some small changes and new features: New functions advanced.procD.lm()for statis...

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RNA-seq Data Analysis Course Materials

November 20, 2014
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Last week I ran a one-day workshop on RNA-seq data analysis in the UVA Health Sciences Library. I set up an AWS public EC2 image with all the necessary software installed. Participants logged into AWS, launched the image, and we kicked off the morning ...

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LA R meetup – January 21: RStudio’s Shiny with Joe Cheng

November 20, 2014
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At this meetup we’re fortunate to have RStudio’s lead developer Joe Cheng flying in from...

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Partying R Style with Sqor Sports, R on Azure, and data.table

November 20, 2014
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Partying R Style with Sqor Sports, R on Azure, and data.table

by Joseph Rickert We usually have a pretty good time at the monthly Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) meetings, but this month's meeting was a bit more of a party than usual. The very well connected PR team at Sqor Sports, our host company for the evening, secured San Francisco's tres trendy 111 Minna Gallery for the venue. There...

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Stacking files made easy

November 20, 2014
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Every campaign cycle I usually do similar things, go to a repository, download a bounce of data, merge and store them to an existing RData file for posterior analysis. I've already wrote about this topic some time ago, but this time I think my script became simpler. Set the Directory Let's assume you're not in … Read More...

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R Debugging GUI Improvements for Bio7

November 20, 2014
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20.11.2014 In my last post i presented the first version of a debugging GUI for R in Bio7 which is just a visual wrapper for the default R debugging functions. In the meantime i added some new methods and also improved the visualization. For the upcoming Bio7 release i have to make some cleanups but

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The three types of Reddit posts, and how they make it to the front page

November 19, 2014
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The three types of Reddit posts, and how they make it to the front page

Todd Schneider's blog post on solving the traveling salesman problem with R hit the front page of reddit.com. This is a big deal: front-page placement on the popular social news site can drive a ton of traffic (in Todd's case, 1.3 million pageviews). But what factors determine which of reddit's contributed links make it to the front page? (There...

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The ensurer package (validation inside pipes)

November 19, 2014
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The ensurer package (validation inside pipes)

Guest post by Stefan Holst Milton Bache on the ensurer package. If you use R in a production environment, you have most likely experienced that some circumstances change in ways that will make your R scripts run into trouble. Many things can go wrong; package updates, external data sources, daylight savings time, etc. There is a general

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Trading The Odds Volatility Risk Premium: Addressing Data Mining and Curve-Fitting

November 19, 2014
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Trading The Odds Volatility Risk Premium: Addressing Data Mining and Curve-Fitting

Several readers, upon seeing the risk and return ratio along with other statistics in the previous post stated that the … Continue reading →

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Rabbit: (another) introduction to R

November 19, 2014
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Dear R users, Quantide is proud to announce its second

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Count Your BLAS-ings

November 19, 2014
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Count Your BLAS-ings

One nice thing about open-source software is that users often have a lot of choices.  Such is the case with R, for instance the thousands of contributed packages available on CRAN.  My focus here is on BLAS, the core of matrix operations in R, where again there are interesting choices available to users who wish

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Excel spreadsheets are hard to get right

November 18, 2014
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Excel spreadsheets are hard to get right

Any practicing data scientist is going to eventually have to work with a data stored in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. A lot of analysts use this format, so if you work with others you are going to run into it. We have already written how we Related posts: Please stop using...

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R / Finance 2015 Call for Papers

November 18, 2014
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Earlier today, Josh send the text below to the R-SIG-Finance list, and I updated the R/Finance website, including its Call for Papers page, accordingly. We are once again very excised about our conference, thrilled about the four confirmed keynotes, and hope that many R / Finance users will not only join us in Chicago in May...

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scheduleR: a web interface to schedule .R & .Rmd scripts

November 18, 2014
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scheduleR: a web interface to schedule .R & .Rmd scripts

scheduleR is an attempt to create an intuitive interface for scheduling R and Rmarkdown scripts. Especially for the latter, I find the lack of a good scheduling, logging and notification tool the reason for why I don’t use Rmarkdown as much as I could for generating business report / dashboards. I’ve built scheduleR’s web interface The post

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Reinterpreting Lee-Carter Mortality Model

November 18, 2014
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Reinterpreting Lee-Carter Mortality Model

Last week, while I was giving my crash course on R for insurance, we’ve been discussing possible extensions of Lee & Carter (1992) model. If we look at the seminal paper, the model is defined as follows Hence, it means that This would be a (non)linear model on the logarithm of the mortality rate. A non-equivalent, but alternative expression...

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R/Finance 2015 Call for Papers

November 18, 2014
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Call for Papers:R/Finance 2015: Applied Finance with RMay 29 and 30, 2015University of Illinois at ChicagoThe seventh annual R/Finance conference for applied finance using R will be held on May 29 and 30, 2015 in Chicago, IL, USA at the University...

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LA R Meetup Summary: Highlights from useR! 2014 – Part 2

November 18, 2014
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LA R Meetup Summary: Highlights from useR! 2014 – Part 2

Last week the LA R meetup featured another round of 5 speakers each highlighting a...

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Visualizing (generalized) linear mixed effects models, part 2 #rstats #lme4

November 18, 2014
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Visualizing (generalized) linear mixed effects models, part 2 #rstats #lme4

In the first part on visualizing (generalized) linear mixed effects models, I showed examples of the new functions in the sjPlot package to visualize fixed and random effects (estimates and odds ratios) of (g)lmer results. Meanwhile, I added further features to the functions, which I like to introduce here. This posting is based on the

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Introduction to Revolution R Enterprise For Big Data Analytics on datacamp.com

November 18, 2014
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by Jeremy Reynolds Senior R Trainer, Revolution Analytics Last week, Revolution Analytics released its first massive open, online course through a partnership with datacamp.com: Introduction to Revolution R Enterprise for Big Data Analytics. You can sign up for the free course here. This course provides a look at some of the tools provided by the RevoScaleR package that ships...

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rmarkdown: Alter Action Depending on Document

November 18, 2014
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rmarkdown: Alter Action Depending on Document

Can I see a show of hands for those who love rmarkdown? Yeah me too. One nifty feature is the ability to specify various document prettifications in the YAML of a .Rmd document and then use: The Problem Have you … Continue reading →

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11 new R jobs (for November 18th 2014)

November 18, 2014
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11 new R jobs (for November 18th 2014)

This is the bimonthly R Jobs post (for 2014-11-18), based on the R-bloggers’ sister website: R-users.com. If you are an employer who is looking to hire people from the R community, please visit this link to post a new R job (it’s free, and registration takes less than 10 seconds). If you are a job seekers, please follow the links below to learn more and apply for your job of interest (or visit previous...

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dplyr tour. 3 next dates

November 18, 2014
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dplyr tour. 3 next dates

I'm back on the road for 3 dplyr talks. On thursday I'll be in Lyon for the RLyon meetup. Next week, I'll be back to Budapest as part of the BI Forum In december, I'll be in Milano for the MilanoR meeetup. See you there. 3 more dates on my

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